Red blood cells must be transfused within 35 days of collection.
Health needs of people in New Zealand are supported by the availability of safe and appropriate blood and tissue products and related services.
As the provider of blood services for New Zealand, the New Zealand Blood Service will be recognised for excellence in meeting the needs of donors, patients, its staff and the wider healthcare community.
Our shared values are at the heart of our organisation's culture and guide our behaviour each and every day. They inspire us, motivate us and drive us to provide the very best service to the New Zealand public.
Everything that we do contributes to the safety of our donors, products and the recipients of the services that we provide to New Zealanders. In doing this we commit to the following values:
Maximising the resources NZBS has to draw on, we strive for excellence in everything we do.
We value working towards and supporting each other to meet our common goal.
We value an environment where there is mutual trust and respect.
We value sharing information and knowledge, thoughts and ideas, in an appropriate and timely manner.
Through our actions we create a culture that is safe and that promotes wellbeing for colleagues, donors and patients.
(Te Herenga ki te Tiriti o Waitangi)
NZBS recognises the particular relationship of Māori, as tangata whenua, with the Crown and is committed to its obligations to Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi.